evolve

verb
\ i-ˈvälv How to pronounce evolve (audio) , -ˈvȯlv, ē- also -ˈväv or -ˈvȯv\
evolved; evolving

Definition of evolve

transitive verb

1 : emit
b : to produce by natural evolutionary processes
c : develop, work out evolve social, political, and literary philosophies— L. W. Doob

intransitive verb

: to undergo evolutionary change

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Other Words from evolve

evolvable \ i-​ˈväl-​və-​bəl How to pronounce evolvable (audio) , -​ˈvȯl-​ , ē-​ also  -​ˈvä-​və-​ or  -​ˈvȯ-​və-​ \ adjective
evolvement \ i-​ˈvälv-​mənt How to pronounce evolvement (audio) , -​ˈvȯlv-​ , ē-​ also  -​ˈväv-​ or  -​ˈvȯv-​ \ noun

Examples of evolve in a Sentence

Her company has evolved from a hobby into a thriving business. Some flowers have evolved remarkable means of insect pollination.
Recent Examples on the Web Known for his work on cultural identity in his native Guatemala, Palma evolved his photography from formal portraits to layered images with bold colors and shapes and exploration of abstraction. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fall arts 2019 | Visual art: William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Fabiola Jean-Louis, Luis González Palma and more," 15 Sep. 2019 Abolishing private prisons has evolved over the past decade from a fringe position to a rallying cry for liberals. Alexei Koseff, SFChronicle.com, "Legislature votes to ban private prisons, sends bill to Newsom," 11 Sep. 2019 Before straight-leg, high-waist jeans became the It silhouette in the denim world, there were frayed shin-length kick flares, which evolved from super-slouchy, highly distressed boyfriend styles. Andrea Cheng, Glamour, "Old Navy Is Totally Changing How It Does Denim—Here’s What That Means for You," 6 Sep. 2019 Phoebe evolved rapidly from hippie naïf to schemer, dreamer, peacekeeper, and pot-stirrer. Wesley Morris, New York Times, "‘Friends’ Is Turning 25. Here’s Why We Can’t Stop Watching it.," 5 Sep. 2019 Project Green Light evolved from a 2014 initiative that put flashing green lights in several city gas stations. Erin Einhorn, NBC News, "A fight over facial recognition is dividing Detroit — with high stakes for police and privacy," 22 Aug. 2019 That was a dance move in the '60s that evolved from the twist and featured Fosse's favorite hip shakes and isolated arm and leg movements. Martha Sorren, Woman's Day, "'Dance Moms' Did A Bob Fosse-Inspired Performance & It's So Cool To Watch," 22 Aug. 2019 The course, which evolves from one episode to the next, includes slipping through shipping containers and mashing the gas on the occasional straightaway. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Netflix's Hyperdrive Is American Ninja Warrior for Cars," 21 Aug. 2019 As one’s relationship with wine can evolve from something like childhood romance (in my case, white zin) into something nuanced, special and sophisticated (dry, tannin-rich cabernet), coffee, too, says Moore, has its own gateway. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Unreal Coffee: Starbucks is so popular it’s turning baristas into forensic detectives," 16 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of evolve

1772, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for evolve

Latin evolvere to unroll, from e- + volvere to roll — more at voluble

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The first known use of evolve was in 1772

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evolve

verb
How to pronounce evolve (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of evolve

: to change or develop slowly often into a better, more complex, or more advanced state : to develop by a process of evolution

evolve

verb
\ i-ˈvälv How to pronounce evolve (audio) \
evolved; evolving

Kids Definition of evolve

: to change or develop gradually

evolve

verb
\ i-ˈvälv, -ˈvȯlv How to pronounce evolve (audio) \
evolved; evolving

Medical Definition of evolve

transitive verb

: to produce by natural evolutionary processes

intransitive verb

: to develop by or as if by evolution : undergo evolutionary change an evolving theory of mental functioning— S. A. Green

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